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Poster: Harry Wilson Date: Aug 18, 2017 1:18am
Forum: oldtimeradio Subject: Re: films of live OTR broadcasts


I hope this is what you're looking for, some non-fiction and some fiction. I don't know of any actual filmed-while-produced radio productions, but here are some scenes in radio studios.

The further down each list you go, the more likely you are to find what you're looking for, or the more enjoyable the film is.


Here are some documentary-style films showing radio production:

Hear and Now (1958) Mostly just about radio, with a couple of very brief production shots.
https://archive.org/details/HearandN1958

Radio and Television (1940) Good shots of radio industry, mostly technical.
https://archive.org/details/Radioand1940

On The Air (1937) Production of a music show, in a promo film for Chevrolet.
https://archive.org/details/OntheAir1937

Back Of The Mike (1938) Possibly the closest to what you're looking for, a behind-the-scenes look at a radio production, interspersed with a live-action film of the radio story; another promo film for Chevrolet. The radio studio shots begin around 2:30.
https://archive.org/details/Backofth1938

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And some feature films that strongly feature action in a radio studio:

Road To Happiness (1941) A bit sappy, with a bit of action in a radio studio.
https://archive.org/details/road_to_happiness

Larceny On The Air (1937) A crusading doctor broadcasts stories about quack medicines.
https://archive.org/details/Larceny_on_the_Air_1937

People Are Funny (1946) A corny comedy set mostly in radio studios, and featuring some radio folks, notably Art Linkletter.
https://archive.org/details/PeopleareFunny_

Breakfast In Hollywood (1946) A fictionalized version of Tom Breneman's popular radio show of the same name, featuring the great Zasu Pitts.
https://archive.org/details/BreakfastInHollywood_961

Up In The Air (1940) A murder mystery set in a radio station, featuring the great team of Mantan Moreland and Frankie Darro, as well as my gal Lorna Gray (woo-woo) as 'Rita'. Ms. Gray just passed away in April at the age of ninety-nine years and nine months; she was the last surviving cast member of the first American film to make fun of Hitler, The Three Stooges' 'You Nazty Spy' (1940). Another Stooges connection, Mantan Moreland was once considered to become the third Stooge after Shemp died in 1955.
https://archive.org/details/UpInTheAir

It's three hours past my bedtime; g'night. (But thanks for reminding me of these fun flicks!)